There’s not much that boxing trainer Tony Borg hasn’t experienced in the fight game but February 1st will be a proud date for the Welshmen as two of his boxers are involved in headline fights that have seen Matchroom Sport bring big time boxing back to Wales. British champion Lee Selby (17-1, 6KO) challenges Rendall Munroe (27-3-1, 11KO) for the vacant European title and Gary Buckland (27-3, 9KO) has an all-Welsh war with Gavin Rees (37-3-1, 18KO) at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena live on Sky Sports. Although happy to be fighting at home, 49-year-old Borg, who was a super-featherweight in his fighting days, has seen his boxers become accustomed to success while fighting away from home over the last few years. He said, “It might possibly lift them up a little bit but in all honesty, Lee and Gary are quite happy fighting away from home. When Lee boxed in Ireland (Unanimous Decision over Martin Lindsay), he loved it. He walked towards the ring, they were all booing him and jeering him, he loved it. You’ve got to soak it up and generate it in the right way and embrace it. “Of course Rendall Munroe could thrive on being the away boxer too. If you channel it in the right way, you can go out there and be intimidated or you could take their boos as cheering, soak it up and enjoy the atmosphere.” Rendall Munroe, known as the ‘Boxing Binman’ which references his old day job, is no stranger to being in high profile bouts having competed for British, European and world titles. That was at super-bantamweight (122lbs) where Munroe insists he struggled to make weight and he’ll now compete in the more comfortable featherweight (126lbs) weight category but Borg is adamant that Selby will still win with style. He said, “He could be stronger (than when he was a super-bantamweight) but at the end of the day, you can only hit what’s stood in front of you. Lee Selby is very accurate and very sharp, Lee Selby at his best definitely beats Rendall Munroe in about nine rounds. It’ll be quite technical, very clever for the first few rounds but Lee will slowly break Rendall Munroe’s will down.” Like Munroe, Selby’s stablemate Gary Buckland is stepping up a weight category, from super-featherweight (130lbs) to lightweight (135lbs), to face fellow Welshman and former sparring partner Gavin Rees. Many observers have referenced the weight change when analysing the fight but Borg rightly noted that prior to his four year spell at super-featherweight, Buckland has boxed at higher weights before. He said, “Gary’s boxed at welterweight, light-welter, lightweight – he’s been through the weights before. Basically, with this fight, when he gets down to the nine’twelve (138lbs) mark, instead of thinking it’s another half a stone to go, he’s pretty much there on the weight. “We know exactly what we’re going to do, we’re not really worried what they’re going to do. We’re not going in there thinking ‘what’s Gavin going to do?’ because Gary Buckland’s going in there to do what Gary Buckland does. There’s a slight change to our normal, a few little things we’ve twitched on but Gary Buckland’s going to do his thing and Gavin Rees is going to have to work around what Gary does. “It’s going to be really exciting, a crowd pleasing fight. I think it’s going to be a great six or seven rounds then the fight will turn Gary Buckland’s way and I think the middle rounds onwards is going to be very important.”

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